Just in: The auction catalog arrived in WPA's hands early this morning hot off the press. It's an honor to share it with you now. Each year, WPA prepares this special publication as a comprehensive overview of the selected artists and the available work. This year it includes 200 artworks, primarily from the DC region. We hope you discover something new and see something you'd like to make your own!

Flip through the catalog to preview all 200+ artworks here:

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*Note from the Editors: We will not be pre-selling work before the event this year, so don't forget to purchase your tickets

up to the minute artwork preview

In each issue, WPA provides brief introductions to the artists behind the work. Today, we are pleased to conclude Women's History Month with a preview of four of the incredible women included in this year's auction. 

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Nakeya Brown

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Recently announced as one of this year's Sondheim Finalists, Nakeya Brown says about her work: "I use photography as a tool to extract and redefine the symbols of femininity. My practice centers itself on black female subjectivity, black beauty, and often uses the arrangements and gathering of objects to identify biographical and historical facets of womanhood. I utilize the illusions of the interior and domestic space as a site for construction and invention. Objects extend beyond their appearance to narrate a cultural relevance to black women's bodies and lived experiences." 

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Sondra Arkin

Sondra N. Arkin is a DC-based artist and curator whose media includes sculpture, painting, and printmaking. Many of her recent works are modular sculptural installations, which use common building materials woven into ethereal orbs, or what she calls "drawings in space". Arkin's work is in the collections of the U.S. State Department's Art in Embassies Program, and the District of Columbia Art Bank. In addition, she was Curator of the District of Columbia City Hall Art Collection from 2005-2010. She has curated many independent projects, regularly programs alternative arts spaces, and is deeply involved in the mid-Atlantic arts community.

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Chloe Bensahel

Rooted in textiles, sound, and installation, Chloe Bensahel's work presents alternative cultural narratives inspired by her personal experience as a Franco-Sephardic immigrant in the United States. She is the last of four generations of immigrants, a journey that has taken her family from Algeria all the way to the U.S. via Morocco and France. Bensahel's work represents her way of mending her relationship to place, creating her own individual cultural narrative by exposing herself to traditions, plants, and stories linked to materials. She is currently based in DC. 

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Veronica Melendez

Veronica Melendez grew up within a large Central American community and her work is greatly influenced by her Latinx upbringing. Her illustrations of iconic household products, and her photographs documenting the diaspora of Central Americans within the DC metro area give voice to the often marginalized. Her work serves as a powerful reminder of the importance of culture and representation in art.

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WHY 10:10?

10:10 is the time the silent auction ends at the Auction. It is also the default setting on clocks. Fun fact: did you know that the default setting used to be 8:20? Clock manufacturers thought it looked too much like a frown and changed it to 10:10 to make it look happier.

Date

March 29, 2018

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